Arsenal & Spurs offered chance to sign goal machine

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke's agent has refused to downplay speculation that the Belgian powerhouse would jump at the chance to join a top Premier League club this summer, despite his client being under contract until 2017.

Benteke eventually signed fresh terms at Villa Park last summer to fend off interest from Tottenham Hotspur, just weeks after handing in a transfer request in a bid to capitalise on scoring 19 goals in his debut Premier League campaign.

The 23-year-old has a mix of raw strength and predatory instincts in the penalty area that have both Spurs on Arsenal on red alert over a potential summer swoop, something that his representative Eric Kismet has refused to rule out once focus has moved away from leading Belgium's line at this summer's World Cup finals.

Kismet told The Mirror: “He wants to get ready for the World Cup. For the future, there is time. Currently it is too early to talk about it.

Despite failing to hit the heights of a superb first season with Villa the forward has still been impressive in spells, with 10 Premier League goals in 25 appearances to show for his efforts.

Arsenal in particular will be acutely aware of the giant striker's qualities, with Benteke scoring three times against the Gunners this season, including a match-winning brace on the opening day at the Emirates.

Spurs and Arsenal are far from alone though in keeping tabs on one of the world's most promising young target men, with Serie A giants AC Milan also thought to be mulling over a summer offer.

Villa boss Paul Lambert managed to keep his best player last summer and will be confident of doing the same regardless of the World Cup providing exposure on a global stage, with the protection of a long-term contract in terms of securing the highest possible transfer fee if he does indeed move on.

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